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All the pieces To Know After His Sentencing – Hollywood Life

Danny Masteron was sentenced to 30 years in jail for 2 counts of rape on Thursday, Sep. 7, 2023. The actor, 47, was discovered responsible of two rape expenses in Might 2023, after he was accused by three ladies. Whereas the jury couldn’t attain a verdict on one of many ladies’s accusations, the fees got here from the opposite two ladies. The decide gave Danny a 15-year to life sentence for every rely he was discovered responsible of, and he’ll serve the sentences consecutively. On January 31, 2024, a brand new report emerged confirming that Danny had been moved to a most safety jail. 

Now that he’s incarcerated, discover out all the pieces it’s essential to find out about Danny and the trial that led to the responsible verdict right here.

Danny Is Discovered Responsible & Sentenced to 30 Years in Jail

The Ranch actor was discovered responsible of two counts of forcible rape on Might 31, 2023. The jury deadlocked on the third rely although. Danny was sentenced to the utmost sentence of 30 years in jail for the 2 counts. He was given 15 years to life for every cost, and he’ll serve out each sentences consecutively. “Mr. Masterson, you aren’t the sufferer right here. Your actions 20 years in the past took away one other particular person’s voice and selection. Your actions 20 years in the past have been prison, and that’s the reason you’re right here,” the decide stated at his sentencing, per Selection.

Danny is now within the North Kern State Jail in Delano, California. The Los Angeles County Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation launched a primary mugshot of Danny on December 27, 2023, per Web page Six. Within the images, the actor wore an orange jail jumpsuit over a beige t shirt, and his eyes gave the impression to be bloodshot. His hair and beard had additionally grown out considerably.

On January 31, 2024, a report confirmed that Masterson had been moved to a maximum-security jail. Based on Us Weekly, he was moved to Corcoran State Jail in Central California. The actor received’t be eligible for parole till 2042, and it’s price noting that the notorious Charles Manson was held in the identical jail.

Danny stands in court docket in September 2020. ( LUCY NICHOLSON/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Particulars From The Retrial

The retrial for his rape case started on Monday, April 24. Los Angeles Deputy District Legal professional Reinhold Mueller delivered his opening remarks, detailing the allegations, which led to a number of expenses of rape from three ladies, per DeadlineThe prosecutor spoke about what half the Church of Scientology allegedly performed within the ladies coming ahead in the beginning of the brand new trial and shared related particulars to the unique opening arguments.

The previous That 70s Present star’s trial for 3 rape expenses started on Tuesday, October 11, and on Nov. 30, 2022, a decide declared a hung jury, simply days after it was reported that the jurors couldn’t attain a verdict a couple of days earlier than, in line with Selection. The decide suggested them to start out from scratch after Thanksgiving break and two jurors have been changed with alternates, as a result of authentic two getting COVID on Nov. 28. After the brand new jury advised the decide their votes on Nov. 30, it was concluded Danny couldn’t get a conviction as a result of, based mostly on California’s statute of limitations, which doesn’t enable particular person sexual assault allegations as outdated as those towards Danny to be prosecuted, he wanted to be discovered responsible in not less than two of the charged instances, The Wrap reported. It was subsequently, deemed a mistrial. Nonetheless, on Jan. 6, 2023, Danny requested the court docket’s to make use of their “discretion” and dismiss the fees towards him, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor was accused by three ladies of sexual assault again in 2017, and the ladies filed a lawsuit towards him in 2019. The next 12 months, Danny was arrested on three expenses of rape from instances in 2003. Danny has moved for the case to be thrown out, however he has not succeeded. A trial was initially scheduled to start in Los Angeles in August, nevertheless it was delayed till October.

With the trial, Danny’s connection in addition to three of his victims’ connections to Scientology has been shoved to the forefront of the trial. Nonetheless, this angered Decide Charlaine Olmedo, who doesn’t need Scientology to be on the heart of dialogue. Throughout a break on Oct. 18, she said (by way of Selection), “I perceive these witnesses’ lives might have been fully inundated with Scientology. This trial is just not going to be inundated with Scientology.”

One of many new factors that the prosecutor introduced ahead within the trial was an allegation that Danny had drugged the three ladies who’ve accused him of rape. Reinhold can be anticipated to name Kathleen Jenkins, who is just not one of many Jane Does but in addition alleged that Danny raped her in 2000 at a celebration for Dracula 2000. He additionally detailed the alleged function that the Church of Scientology performed in stopping the ladies, who’re all former members, from coming ahead. Reinhold stated that the church has an “inside justice system,” and turns a chilly shoulder to those that go to outdoors regulation enforcement for assist. “Should you’re a member of the church and you’ve got a difficulty (like a rape) with one other member … you aren’t permitted to go to regulation enforcement,” he stated, per Deadline.

Leah Remini, who has been a longtime critic of Scientology since leaving the church in 2013, was additionally seated within the entrance row in court docket on Monday, April 24. The King Of Queens actress, 53, was reportedly subpoenaed by the protection and could also be referred to as on to testify as a “percipient witness to sure conversations,” in line with one of many protection legal professionals. Prosecutors can also name her as a witness because it pertains to Jane Doe #1.

How the First Trial Ended

On the second day in court docket, the primary witness, a lady who accused Danny of rape and wished to be recognized as Jane Doe #1, took to the stand the place she recalled the alleged 2003 assault via tears, in line with Deadline. Jane Doe #1 stated she was violently raped in Danny’s Los Feliz house. “He was on high of me, his penis was within me …and that’s what I awoke to,” she defined, the outlet reported. After Jane Doe #1 broke down in tears and repeatedly stated on the stand, “I can’t do that,” the decide referred to as for a recess. Jane Doe # 1 accomplished her testimony after the break.

The prison trial towards the actor started on October 11. The trial is separate from the civil lawsuit filed by 4 of Danny’s victims, who’re additionally suing the Church of Scientology. The ladies have additionally spoken out towards the church. In the course of the early phases, Decide Olmedo commented on the function of the controversial church in a pre-trial listening to, per Selection“This isn’t going to turn out to be a trial on Scientology,” she stated.

On Nov. 14, over a month after the start of the trial, by which the opposite two Jane Does in addition to a fourth girl, who accused Danny of rape, additionally testified, the actor opted to not testify in his personal protection because the trial was near conclusion, Selection reported. Decide Olmedo requested him if he had an opportunity to debate his resolution together with his attorneys, and he confirmed that he had. The trial went into its closing arguments the next day and the jury went on to deliberate the decision.

“Mr. Masterson has been sitting right here in court docket for the final 4 weeks or so. He’s all the time properly dressed and properly groomed,” Deputy District Legal professional Reinhold Mueller advised the jury and courtroom gallery on Nov.15, in line with The Wrap. “I can guarantee you these victims have a special picture.”

“For them, he was somebody who was the middle of this round world, group of mates, he was the upstat, he was the man who would have events at his home, say ‘Come over, have a drink!,’” Reinhold continued. “He was the man who would spin a file, offer you a drink, invite you to spend the evening if you happen to have been drunk simply to be protected. However if you happen to have been a younger girl – which these victims have been on the time – you have been removed from protected. As a result of if you happen to have been incapacitated in his mattress, he would rape you.”

Protection Legal professional Philip Cohen additionally made statements in the course of the closing arguments, Selection additional reported, and talked concerning the “contradictions” within the case, and steered that prosecutors used Scientology as a crutch. “We heard Scientology over and dover once more, a lot so it grew to become the go-to excuse. When somebody acquired contradicted or forgot one thing Scientology is introduced up,” he stated. He additionally went on to focus on points in every Jane Doe’s testimonies.

Because the jury set off to make their resolution on the finish of the closing arguments, Danny’s spouse, Bijou Phillips, who sat with him all through the trial, apparently needed to go away and wiped her face with a tissue. It was the one time she confirmed outward emotion throughout her time within the courtroom.

The jury advised Decide Olmedo that they’re “unable to achieve a unanimous resolution on any of the counts” towards the actor in a observe on Nov. 18, in line with Selection. They have been in deliberations for 3 days. Nonetheless, she advised the jurors that they haven’t deliberated lengthy sufficient to declare a mistrial and instructed them to fulfill again on Nov. 28, after a weeklong break over the Thanksgiving vacation.

Unsurprisingly, Danny’s protection group stated there has absolutely been sufficient time. In addition they claimed the Thanksgiving break would give jurors a chance to speak concerning the case with relations, which can affect their views on the trial.

On Nov. 30, the decide declared a hung jury after the jurors stated they couldn’t come to a unanimous resolution. “We’re not even near coming to a unanimous resolution on any rely, and are satisfied this won’t change,” a letter from the jury to the decide learn, in line with Selection. The jurors additionally reportedly suggested the decide how they voted for every rely and it included two for responsible and 10 for not responsible on Rely 1; 4 for responsible and eight for not responsible on Rely 2; and 5 for responsible and 7 for not responsible on Rely 3.

Extra not too long ago, on Jan. 6, 2023, it got here to mild that Danny requested that the Los Angeles decide have the fees towards him dismissed after the jury couldn’t attain a verdict on Nov. 30, 2022. Decide Olmedo declared a mistrial, as talked about above, on Nov. 30 and set a brand new trial date for March. In a submitting obtained by The Hollywood Reporter on Jan. 6, Danny’s lawyer, Philip Cohen, famous that the defendant has a proper to “invite the court docket to train its discretion.” The submitting learn: “If the proof won’t materially change and a retrial is prone to lead to acquittal or one other hung jury, the actual fact means that dismissal can be within the curiosity of justice,” Philip wrote.

The lawyer went on, “Instantly following the pronouncement of a hung jury, the deliberating jurors, in addition to the alternate, spoke freely and candidly within the jury room with all trial counsel. The clear sentiment of the jurors, just about to an individual, was that there have been vital evidentiary and credibility issues with the federal government’s case. And whereas there was disagreement as to the final word vote, on one factor the jurors all appeared to agree — no cheap jury was ever going to come back to a unanimous discovering of guilt on any rely.”

He additionally famous {that a} future trial would seemingly not be “considerably completely different.” Danny’s lawyer concluded with the next: “As a result of there’s completely no motive to conclude that this jury did something aside from its job, or that any future trial can be considerably completely different, this Court docket doesn’t simply have the ability to dismiss this case beneath [California Penal Code section 1385] as granted it by the Legislature, nevertheless it ‘ought to train’ such powers within the pursuits of justice.’” The following listening to will happen on Jan. 10.

The Expenses Towards Danny Masterson

Sexual assault allegations have been first introduced towards Danny in March 2017 Three ladies accused the actor of sexually assaulting them, though the That 70s Present star has denied the claims. After the claims got here out, The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala got here ahead and stated that his spouse Chrissie Carnell Bixler was one of many victims in a since-deleted tweet. Danny was fired from the Netflix collection The Ranch in December 2017. Shortly after his firing, Bobette Riales got here ahead to accuse him of raping her. Two years after the investigation was launched, 4 ladies, two of whom have been listed as Jane Does, in addition to Chrissie and Bobette, filed a lawsuit towards Danny and the Church of Scientology, citing stalking and harassment.

Following the 2019 submitting, Danny singled out one of many victims and stated he was ready for the authorized battle from the lawsuit. “I’ll beat her in court docket — and look ahead to it as a result of the general public will lastly have the option be taught the reality and see how I’ve been railroaded by this girl. And as soon as her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her and the others who jumped on the bandwagon for the harm they brought on me and my household,” he stated in a press release to Folks

The lawsuit isn’t the topic of the October trial although. In June 2020, Danny was arrested and charged with allegedly raping three ladies for incidents between 2001 and 2003. The alleged victims have been a 23-year-old girl in January and December 2001, one other 23-year-old in October and December 2003, and a 28-year-old in April 2003. The Males At Work star’s lawyer Tom Mesereau maintained his innocence in a press release on the time. “Clearly, Mr. Masterson and his spouse are in full shock contemplating that these almost 20-year outdated allegations are all of a sudden leading to expenses being filed, however they and their household are comforted understanding that finally the reality will come out. The individuals who know Mr. Masterson know his character and know the allegations to be false,” he stated.  After pleading “not responsible” in 2021, Danny was launched on bail. 

Danny was fired from ‘The Ranch’ for the allegations. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

The Scientology Connection

As talked about above, the ladies suing Danny have additionally filed their lawsuit towards the Church of Scientology. Danny is a member of the church, and three of the ladies who’ve accused him are former members, together with Chrissie and her husband. The ladies claimed that they have been pressured to not share their allegations by the church, and since coming ahead, the victims have claimed to be harassed by the church. The Mars Volta singer has claimed that Scientologists harassed his household and even poisoned their household canine, after the allegations got here out. In since-deleted social media posts, Cedric claimed that individuals have passed by his home, harassed his household on social media, slashed tires and extra, by way of MetalSucks. 

Throughout a pre-trial listening to, the ladies spoke about worrying to come back ahead with their allegations, resulting from his involvement within the church. The church denied pressuring the ladies in a press release to The New York Instancesfollowing Danny’s firing from The Ranch. “What’s being said is completely unfaithful,” the group stated. “This has nothing to do with faith. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda.”

The extremely questioned, but nonetheless mystic faith was introduced up in the course of the opening assertion by lead prosecutor Reinhold, as reported by Selection. “They will declare you a suppressive particular person,” Reinhold stated, purposely portray the church in an disagreeable mild. “You might be basically an enemy of the church. Your pals, your dad and mom — you probably have youngsters who’re a part of the church — all of them should detach from you. Primarily you lose all the pieces.”

Jane Doe No. 1, the primary witness to take the stand, additionally introduced up the supposed restrictive teachings of the faith. “The purpose of Scientology is to clear the planet,” she claimed in entrance of the Los Angeles courtroom.

In the meantime, protection lawyer Phillip tried to persuade the jury to not get distracted by the tales about Scientology they’ll hear. “This case is about three ladies who’re going to let you know about three nights virtually 20 years in the past,” he said, per Deadline. “This different stuff is really the elephant within the room.” He additionally confirmed the jury a cloud of phrases that was formed into an elephant. “Scientology” was one of many phrases included within the cloud.

The First Witness Speaks

Jane Doe No. 1 recalled an alleged sexual interplay that occurred with the previous beloved actor throughout her first testimony. She claimed Danny was feeding her double and triple alcoholic drinks whereas they have been partying within the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier than allegedly assaulting her. She beforehand stated whereas she thought this encounter was consensual, she later decided that it was not, describing it as feeling “incestuous” as a result of she and Danny have been so shut at that time of time. The alleged incident occurred in 2002 and isn’t included in her lawsuit towards him.

In the meantime, the protection hit again and claimed there have been discrepancies in Jane Doe’s story in addition to a scarcity of proof.

Is Danny Masterson Nonetheless Married?

Danny has been romantically concerned with Bijou, 42, since 2004. The couple finally acquired married in October 2011, they usually share a daughter Fianna, 9. Via all of the allegations, Danny and Bijou have stayed married. In Danny’s lawyer’s assertion, she was talked about as additionally being “shocked” by the allegations, and she or he appears to be standing by him.

Danny Masterson’s Profession

Danny is most well-known for his function on ‘That 70s Present.’ (twentieth Century Fox Movie Corp./Everett Assortment)

Danny has been within the leisure enterprise for many of his life. He was little one mannequin and later teen actor, showing in commercials. His most well-known function continues to be his half in That 70s Present, the place he performed Steven Hyde for all eight seasons. He’s appeared in films similar to Face/Off (1997) and Dracula 2000 (2000). Because the sitcom ended, he’s had roles within the collection Males At Work from 2012 to 2014 and The Ranch from 2016 to 2018. After the allegations got here out, Danny was fired from The Ranch in December 2017. Netflix launched a press release about his firing. “On account of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of ‘The Ranch,’” the corporate stated.

Whereas Danny hasn’t appeared in something since getting written off The Ranchhe has been introduced as a part of the solid of Killing Winston Jones, which is claimed to be accomplished, and the upcoming movie In Limbo, per IMDb.

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